Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pacificism, not terrorism!

     In recent years, large conflicts have arisen from religious tensions, specifically terrorist attacks throughout the world. September 11th, the London underground bombing, the 2010 Moscow Metro bombing and 2004 Madrid train bombings were all terrible attacks resulting in a needless loss of life. However, in the United States there was a terrorist attack in 1995 which was fueled purely by politics and took the lives of 168 people aged three months to seventy-three not including the unborn children of pregnant women in Oklahoma City.
     On April 19, 1995, at approximately nine in the morning, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols exploded a large bomb in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. These former U.S. army soldiers were driven by their conflict with the government, particularly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They felt that the federal government acts without valid grounds or is a corrupt body. Although McVeigh wanted to make a statement for his cause, his radicalism turned all peace-loving people entirely against him. However, Timothy's goal may have been to instill fear in Americans for his militia group which it most likely did.
      Numerous groups rise out of a disappointment towards their government but usually, instead of destroying lives, they protest, elect officials that have like ideas or lobby senators or representatives. Any idea that involves harming innocent bystanders is the worst possible way to go. They should enact nonviolent movements such as those in the Civil Rights Movement and in the campaign for Indian Independence, lead by the most notable pacifist in modern history.  These made impacts. They actually caused change without casualties. Violence is almost never the proper course of action.

1 comment:

  1. Tom Tom! I agree violence is never the answer. The end. Good post (: